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really. i have no air conditioner. >> tell me about today. >> it's heaven. i love it. i love it. >> you can actually walk down the street and breathe. >> reporter: the last part, buckling part of u.s. 50 and train tracks. but with the cool front came storms that knocked out another 15,000 bge customers. >> heard that big bang. wife fell down. >> utility crews restored most wires. they have to issue a full report. that commission will likely hold hearings on the utilities' overall response. maryland health officials are also evaluating how well they handle the heat wave. >> remember, we're looking at now an unusual situation, where we've had bad storms, power outages, plus heat. >> we'll be looking at that internally. we'll be looking at that across the state to see whether or not the response was appropriate, whether or not the messages
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were targeted at the right groups. whether things could be done better next time. >> reporter: and that part that buck buckled, working there to fix it overnight. the state highway department estimates that temperatures on that pavement were more than 130 degrees. and that's just what caused it to crack. reporting live in north baltimore, mike hellgren, wjz eyewitness news. >> mike, we saw the same thing in chicago, when the heat wave went through there. maryland could see more severe weather tonight. first warning weather coverage continues with meteorologist bernadette woods, tracking live doppler radar for us. bernadette? >> there's a couple of thunderstorms hanging around part of the state. we'll show you first doppler radar. this is the cold front that is now snapping the heat wave. just to the south. towards chick teague, and out of there, and probably the next 10 to 15 minutes. we'll switch it over and show you this graphic here. here's a wrap-up of this heat wave. over the last 12 days, we have been 90 degrees or higher. and we know there was high humidity nixed -- mixed in with
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almost every single one of those. during that same stretch, 100 degrees or higher three of the days. and we tied or broke records twice. look at the temperatures today. that has come to an end. we're not talking 90s, not talking 100. it is 83 degrees outside. and we've got a couple of 70s on this map. we'll have your full forecast coming up. kai? >> bernadette, thank you. tragedy strikes three maryland families after their sons drown in a creek. tonight, police say the boys were trying to cool off on a hot day. rochelle ritchie has new information about the young victims. rochelle? >> reporter: kai, two of the victims were cousins. the third was a close friend. now, all three of their families are in mourning and trying to figure out how to pay for funeral costs. >> reporter: yasmine has won a triumphant gain and tragic loss. >> he always kissed me. >> reporter: just four dayless after giverring birth to her son-- giving birth to her son, she now prepares to bury her youngest sibling. >> when i found out he was
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dead. i felt like i was dead. >> on saturday, he would lose the fight of his life. >> and i finally said, when i drive, i will take you to karate school. >> reporter: as temperatures soared above 100 degrees on saturday, maryland natural resource believe believe dona, christopher gabe rel and jotacan would attempt to cool off in the creek. the water's depth perception, deceitful, according to the boys' pastor. >> the water is calm. it's misleading. there's a big dropoff as soon as you go into the river. >> none of the boys knew how to swism. all -- swim. all three drowned. >> we live in a community where there's not a lot of resources to get students to another community where there is a big pool. >> reporter: the boys were found dead a short distance from each other. >> i wish it was me. dead instead of him. i love him.
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>> reporter: his sister also says she is hoping a fence can be put around that creek to preerchtd any more-- prevent any more children from dying. live from the eastern shore, rochelle ritchie, wjz eyewitness news. >> rochelle, thank you. police are calling the boys' deaths accidental drownings. we are following breaking news in the case against anne arundel county executive john leopold. denise is in the newsroom with an important ruling from the judge. denise? >> well, mary wjz has learned john leopold will stand trial on misconduct and misappropriation charges. today, a judge denied the request to dismiss the case. prosecutors say leopold directed security detail to do personal tasks. such as compiling information on political rivals. today, the aclu is also considering a lawsuit against anne arundel county in connection this this case. the group is not satisfied with the county's response to its request for documents related to the indictment. >> and the county police department says it will
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continue to review e-mails to be made public in connection with the case. >> major changes. today, begins a controversial controversial rotating fire closures. and begins the process of permanently closing three companies. derek valcourt begins the impact of this transition. >> black tape covers 10. a sign of loss. a death in the family. truck 10 is one of three fire companies, permanently closed, under a major restructuring plan. forced on the fire department years ago by budget cuts. >> what this simply means is that every single day, 24 hours a day, we know exactly where all of our fire suppression companies are. >> effective today, the fire companies of about two dozen firefighters that operate truck 15 in east baltimore, and the company operating squad 11 in east bayview are no more. they have all been reassigned to fire stations and to ensure each community can be covered
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in an emergency. several other fire companies will be relocated to other fire stations. >> reporter: i just want to reassure the community that when you call 911, you're going to get the same high level of emergency medical services, as well as fire protection. >> reporter: while those two companies have closed today, truck 10 gets a temporary reprieve. they'll be responding to calls until october 1st. >> we're going to fight like hell to keep that open forever. >> reporter: from the start, the firefighters' union denounced the plan to permanently close three fire companies, saying it will put citizens and three fire fighters lives at risk. they say the three companies were responsible for 57 calls in just 24 hours. >> that tells me that it's out of hand. and again, i know it's -- that was emergency situations. after a storm. but when is the next one coming? >> that was derek valcourt reporting. now, it is important to point out, no fire stations are closing. and no firefighters will lose their jobs as a result of this
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restructuring. >> on top of days of power outages, now comes an urgent request to conserve water. it's going out to the 1.8 million people tied to the baltimore water system. alex demetrick reports, it's the first step in stopping a potential disaster. >> reporter: when big water mains break, like this one in halethorpe, a few years ago, or this one in dundalk, big damage follows. and now, a water main just as big is threatening to give way. >> we've gotten ahead of a potential serious matter. >> reporter: it was found with a robotic tool that baltimore's dpw started using last march. scanning from inside, it discovered a metal layer, called restressing wire that is rusting away, the same cause of past major breaks. >> putting the ground back in the 70s. ask they were manufactured by companies that really didn't know how to manufacture pipe very well. >> reporter: the line runs through this southwest baltimore intersection, under some abandoned railroad tracks. a massive 54-inch transition
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line -- transmission line that carries water. >> we should start conserving immediately. we will start the actual testing on tuesday -- tomorrow. >> reporter: judging how best to replace the water that flows from here into the pipeline is the purpose of the test. >> as we test the service area to make sure we can reroute the water and provide adequate services to the counties. >> reporter: as water is moved around, pressure may drop from wilkens avenue south. to minimize it, all customers are being upperred -- urged to conserve. no outdoor water use. limit indoor use to off-peak hours. if the test finds enough water can be rerouted, repairs on the line will start before it gives way. alex demetrick, wjz eyewitness news. >> as tests begin to reroute water, some outages are possible. baltimore's dpw says if they happen, outages should last only a few hours. repairs to the washington monument may keep it closed
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longer than expected. the landmark was damaged during the earth's east coast earthquake last august. the new assessment shows massive scaffolding must be built around the monument in order to complete the repairs. the entire process may keep it closed to visitors until 2014. the national park service hopes to begin the project in september. >> remember that video from inside that we showed? >> it was amazing. >> right. >> and everybody trying to get out of there. >> running down. >> wow. still ahead on wjz's eyewitness news at 5:00. gas prices going up. drivers see their first increase in months. what's behind the jump? the beating of this tourist shocked baltimore. i'm adam may. now, the suspects plead guilty. what they said inecutor and their -- in court and their punishment. details coming up. sixth graders being taught chinese and arabic here. i'm mike schuh. the answer when we return. relief from the heat. don't miss the updated first
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it's mostly cloudy. 83 degrees in central maryland right now. the complete first warning weather forecast is coming up. the best is over. prices at the pump are on the way up again. triple a predicts that we have seen the last of these lower prices. pat warren reports on the reason behind the increase. >> reporter: price at the pump gotture stump -- got you stumped? >> they're up, they're down. i don't understand it. >> $3.38 is the price for gas at maryland. a month ago, maryland er7s were- - mad madders were paying $3.45. a year ago, it was $3.60. >> i feel like i'm being taken advantage of as a consumer. >> we're seeing crude oil
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prices on the rise again. >> drill here. why get it from overseas? why do this? >> reporter: triple a atlantic expects prices to rise. >> come labor day, we expect prices to decline as the busy summer driving season ends. kids go back to school, parent goes back to work. everyone is not driving as much. and also, refineries start to switch to the more efficient winter blend. >> reminder that the cost of gas this season has been much higher. >> it was. for summertime, i'm pleased. >> this is pretty low. but i mean, i just take it as it comes. i have a job. so i'm thankful for that. >> we'll pay whatever it takes. >> the triple a report reflects prices paid by credit card, at over 100,000 gas stations across the country. i'm pat warren. >> in and maryland -- and maryland is tied with triple
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a's national gas price. a month ago, marylanderness were pay -- marylanders were paying less than 10 cents an average. >> let's check on the roads. kristy breslin is at wjz traffic control. things have definitely gotten a lot busier out there. especially if you're traveling around the beltway. we're up to 20 minutes now. security boulevard to the jones falls expressway. north side inner loop, just crawling there from york road to loch raven boulevard. average speed about 35 miles an hour. northbound 95. still going to be a headache for you, beginning at 395 to the 895 split. and we have another slow spot as well. slows down from the beltway. over to whitemarsh boulevard. as far as accidents go, dorsey run. edmondson avenue at ellen dale. and endsor street at east chase. let's take a live look. you can see, a delay there. 50 eastbound at rowe boulevard. that's been there for most of the afternoon and will continue probably well into the evening. this traffic report is brought to you by the cochran firm.
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if you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury, call 1-800-the firm. or these them online for your free consultation. back to you. >> thank you, kristy. with the emergence of kina and -- china and the conflict in the middle east, the united states realized it didn't have enough u.s.-born speakers of arabic or chinese. mike schuh reports, a new program hopes to change that. >> we have 4,000 years before jesus was born -- or before the common era. >> george mill are's lesson sounds like a common history class. >> flows out. >> reporter: but when you're talking about the cradle of civilization, there's a lot of history to talk about. it's an area which pioneered written language. this is an arabic class. >> the purpose is for the student to get acquainted with the middle eastern culture. >> reporter: everyone is here for a different reason. >> this is basically in arabic.
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and lots of things in arabic. so i thought it would be good for me to learn arabic. >> reporter: her classmate, prince oto says on the first day, such knowledge is exciting. >> what i like about it is that currently, i'm learning things that i never learned before. >> okay. >> reporter: arabic isn't the only language being taught. here's the chinese class. 60 fourth and fifth raid graders-- fifth graders in all. who may someday fill the need. >> the government has written many articles of how it's difficult to get clearances for these people. and we'd love our american citizens to be able to communicate. >> reporter: right now, there's funding to continue this program for the next two summers. at fort meade, mike schuh, wjz eyewitness news. back to you on tv hill. >> that language program is open to all gifted and talented students in anne arundel county. >> hey. at least they were in air conditioning, right? they're smart kids and they're
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cool. and learning a lot. >> and learning really cool things. that would have been fun to do. >> okay. cooler today than it has been in quite sometime. right now, we're sitting at 84 degrees. that matches our high on the day. we're going to be closer to this and our average of 88 degrees for the next couple of days. we'll have that forecast when we return. ,,
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which helps clean and protect its engine so it can get a few more miles per tank than the car on the left. storea live look outside tonight. we're enjoying the day, bernadette, aren't we? we're going to be sort of locked in this pattern for the next couple of days. and the cold front that moved through just to the south. we don't clear out. still occasional chances for showers and thunderstorms. but a lot cooler than it has been lately. first warning doppler radar. here's where the front is now. it's across extreme southern maryland and virginia. and it will slowly creep a little farther to the south. but it did prompt some more thunderstorms this afternoon. and that's what we're watching at this point. most of that off to our south. switch it over and show you,
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overnight, the thunderstorms around rain. needed rain across the state. all of that pushing off to the south. clouds mixing with sunshine. winds picking up a little out of the east and northeast. and bringing temperatures down. it is 84 degrees now in baltimore. that has been our high so far today. the dew point is down to 59 degrees. much more comfortable than it has been lately. compared to yesterday at this time. we are definitely cooler. but remember some thunderstorms already starting to come in. but the general trend on the day is about 15 degrees cooler. because yesterday, we hit 100 degrees. today, we're at 84. back below that average of 88 degrees. and this is statistically our hottest time of the year. 88 is our highest average we're going to see all year long. and during this stretch, we finally broke our heat. so just off to the north, this is where our air is coming from the next couple of days. and you can see a lot of 80s, not 90s and 100s. this is the pattern we'll be locked in, with the front just off to our south. and each day and night, there
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is a chance for shower or thunderstorm with that front close enough by. now, those chances minimize wednesday and thursday, as it gets to its lowest date. but the front comes back up north thursday night into friday. that will increase our chances once again. this is how it works out. you see the low riding along that front. afarther to the south wednesday and thursday. this is minimal. then thursday night into friday, all of this comes back off to the north. and we'll see increased chances for scattered showers and thunderstorms. once again. we need the rain. we're about 7 1/2 inches below in the rainfall bucket. now, out on the waters, east winds at 5 to 10 knots. look at that bay temp. up to 83 degrees. that is really warm. tonight, 68 for our low. tomorrow, we are going up to the 80s. that is it. the chance for a shower or thunderstorm. clouds and sunshine mixed at times. humidity still pretty much in check. but again, it's just a shower or thunderstorm possible. tomorrow into wednesday with that front just off to our
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south. that is about it for the next couple of days. >> all right. that's good. i think we can handle it. >> a little bit of a break here. >> i think weave needed it. -- weave needed it. -- we've needed it. britain is having record heat for the summer. charlie d'agata reports for wjz from london. >> reporter: the period from april to june has been the wettest ever since they started keeping track more than 100 years ago. this week, some areas saw more rain in a day than they get in a month. four inches of rain fell over a 24-hour period in the western county of devin. if you had to describe the brittish weather in one word, this summer, what would to be it be -- would it be? >> awful really. >> reporter: it has rained on every major summer celebration. the queen's parade. her jubilee pageant, down the river thames last month. despite the deluge, the band played on. it rained on the rock festival, on the aisle isle of white.
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combining music and mud baths. and consider this. britain's next event, the olympic games, now only three weeks out. >> they're used to wimbledon being a washout, which is why they put that roof on center court. but you can't put a roof over the entire olympic games. and the long-term forecast is unfortunately, more of the same. charlie d'agata, cbs news, wimbledon. right now, olympic organizer says there isn't much they can do, except wait to see if the weather clears up. sounds familiar. >> we do not control mother nature. news bulletin. right? >> or a broken record, right? >> she's in charge of us. still ahead on eyewitness news at 5:00. pushing for cuts. the battle brewing over your taxes and the possible impact over how much. lance armstrong fights back against doping charges who he is targeting in a lawsuit. a debate over artificial
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it's just before 5:30. 83 degrees and mostly cloudy. good evening. thank you for staying with wjz eyewitness news. here are some of the stories people are talking about tonight. closed case. four suspects plead guilty in the beating of an innocent tourist in downtown baltimore. wjz is live.
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adam may reports, the suspects escaped the most serious charges. adam? >> yeah, kai. some of those suspects were facing up to a decade in jail. but now, today, they've learned that most of them will be set free between now and the end of the year. >> the case involving the humiliating attack on a tourist on st. patrick's day comes to a close. in a downtown courtroom, just feet away from where the assault took place, four suspects plead guilty. >> and i saw the video. i mean, i was appalled. >> reporter: according to the defense attorney, warren brown, his client, 20-year-old aaron parsons received a sentence of three years in jail with all but one suspended. more than a half million people have seen the video of parsons throwing that first punch. >> he offered an apology to both the victim and the city, interestingly because he knows he bought this to the city, considering this went viral and it really cast a negative image of the city. >> reporter: the victim in the speeding did not appear in the courtroom. but prosecutors say they did reach out to him and he was
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okay with the plea bargain. other suspects also pled guilty. diangelo carter and cheyenneo davis, were sentenced to one year, with all but time served. the original charges were much more severe. >> ms. davis used her shoe, her high-heeled shoe as a weapon during that attack. prosecutors and detectives were able to charge her with an armed robbery because she used that high heeled shoe as a blunt force object. >> reporter: in a statement, may they praised police, saying the individuals responsible for the assault on an innocent civilian were brought to yesterday in an expedient manner. >> reporter: and he said they were able to avoid trial because that video evidence would have been extremely damaging. >> a fourth suspect will be sentenced in december. a shootout at a soccer tournament in delaware leaves one person dead and four others injured. medics rushed the victim toss the hospital. -- victims to the hospital.
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police say three men began firing into a crowd in wilmington. some in the crowd fired back. officers found two of the suspects in a nearby parking lot. detectives are trying to figure out what happened and a motive to the shootings. the taliban claims responsibility for an explosion that killed six american troops. denise is in the newsroom with more on the attack. denise? >> well, kai. the six americans died when their armored vehicle struck a bomb, planted in eastern afghanistan. they are the latest american casualties from bombs, planted by insurgents, along roads and mountain tracks. it happened as the troops were trying to secure areas of the war dock province, where insurgents have been staging attacks on afghan targets. a separate soldier was killed in a separate attack in the south. >> the cald has stepped -- taliban has stepped up attacks in summer. a new peace plan is in the works for syria.
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u.n. special convoy kofi annan. dick brennan reports for wjz with details of their meeting. >> reporter: united nations special envoy kofi annan sat down with president barbar assad in-- bashar assad in damascus. >> we discussed the need to end the violence. and ways and means of doing so. >> reporter: an an says he will also talk with opposition forces. many of the rebels want assad to step aside. but the syrian president said he is staying put. >> we have a challenge now in syria. a president shouldn't escape the situation. >> reporter: but the fighting continues. government troops have been trying to crush an uprising for 16 months now. rebels claim more than 17,000 people have been killed. syria finds itself increasingly isolated. anan's next stop is in iran, to meet with leaders from syria's ally in the main region. and russia, another syrian
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friend, say its won't deliver any new weapons until the situation calms down. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton says time is running out for assad. >> the future to me, should be abundantly clear to those who support the assad regime. the days are numbered. >> reporter: assad blames the u.s. for syria's crisis, saying the united states is fueling the uprising. in new york, dick brennan, wjz eyewitness news. >> . >> anan says his team in syria will follow up on the agreement reached with president assad. if you can't get on the internet today, you could be the victim of malicious software, or what is known as malware. the fbi intercepted a virus last year that kept thousands running on its servers. but the agency is warning that it is shutting down that system today. if you can't get online, your internet provider should be able to help. a federal judge dismisses a lawsuit from lance armstrong. the seven-time tour de france winner filed a lawsuit today in
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federal court, to block charges he used performance-enhancing krugs during -- drugs during his career. he claims the u.s. anti-doping agency violates the constitutional rights of athletes when it brings charges against them. but hours later, a federal judge dismissed that lawsuit. he will allow armstrong to refile within 20 days. president obama is urging congress to extend tax cuts for middle-class americans while letting them expire for top earners. danielle noting ram reports for- - nottingham reports for wjz from the white house. >> reporter: president obama positioned himself as a middle- class warrior, challenging congress to immediately renew bush-era tax cuts, only for americans who make less than $250,000 a year. >> right now, our top priority has to be giving middle class families and small businesses the security they deserve. >> reporter: with taxpayers around him, the president said they could be hit with a $2200
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tax hike next year. >> that would be a big blow to working families. and it would be a drag on the entire economy. >> reporter: the president will take his push for middle class tax cuts to iowa tuesday. he will try to convince middle class voters in the battleground state that his republican challenger mitt romney is a protector of the rich. >> reporter: romney blasted the president's plan, calling it a, quote, massive tax increase. >> we just had a terrible jobs reports are just last week. and now, to add a higher tax on job creators and on small business is about the worst thing i could imagine to do. >> reporter: romney and congressional republicans say the bush-era tax cuts, due to expire at the end of the year, should be renewed for everyone. >> reporter: with no compromise in sight, both republicans and democrats expect to battle over taxes for the remainder of the 2012 campaign. at the white house, danielle nottingham, wjz eyewitness news.
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>> president obama and mitt romney both held campaign fundraisers today. the president held his in washington. and romney in colorado. time now for a quick look at some of the stories you'll find in tomorrow morning's edition of the baltimore sun. a look at record of the midwife who was involved in that birth that resulted in a mega million- dollar malpractice suit. scientists are trying to figure out why fish hawk chicks aren't thriving. and orioles reliever jim johnson who has the most saves in this season, talks about his first trip to the all-star game. for all of these stories and a whole lot more, read the baltimore sun. and remember to look for the updated forecast from first warning weather team. millions of americans use artificial sweeteners to lose weight. do they work? the american heart association is weighing in on this debate. >> reporter: colby lamaster starts his day with an iced
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coffee, a splash of cream and a couple of packets of splenda. >> it will taste the same. it will be just as flavorful, and yet a fraction of the calories. so why not do it? >> reporter: the american heart association says substituting artificial sweeteners may help people reach a healthy weight and maintain it. it can also help diabetics control their blood sugar. >> it can be a way to cut calories. for every can of diet soda somebody consumes, they save 150 calories. >> reporter: but the jury is still out on whether sweeteners are an effective long-term way to keep calories and sugars in check. >> reporter: if you're using artificial sweeteners and products that eliminate sugar, experts say that doesn't mean you can eat more. >> somebody thinks, i can eat that pie because i put artificial sweetepper in -- sweetener in my coffee. >> every single day, i have sweetener in my coffee. and probably once a week, i'm
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making something or baking something with artificial sweetener. >> reporter: he's also cut down on carbohydrates and butter. and he's getting more exercise. lifestyle changes that have helped him drop 114 pounds. in los angeles, teresa garcia, wjz eyewitness news. >> the american heart association recommends women eat no more than 100 calories per day of added sugars. and men, no more than 150 calories per day. >> of added sugar. i have to say that every time. >> added sugar. pets may improve a child's health. babies who spend time around a dog or a cat during their first year tend to be healthier and have fewer respiratory infections. doctors believe early exposure to animals may help strengthen a young immune system, allowing kids to fight off viruses. i think the underlying theme of that story is that my dog is dirty and my kids -- no, i'm kidding. >> that's one way to look at
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it. >> but it's exposure to different things when a pet is in the house. >> always good. still ahead on eyewitness news at 5:00. an out-of-control truck. a truck slams into a gas station. look at this. what caused the crash? children left in hot cars tonight. one tragedy, and another very close call. and i'm bernadette woods in for bob turk in the first warning weather center. we're putting together exclusive first warning five- day forecast. and we'll have that when we return. here's today's report from wall street. [ female announcer ] with swiffer wetjet,
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welcome back, everybody. take a look. i know we show you this a lot. but is just so beautiful. and such a great place to be on an afternoon like today. this is what we're dealing with for the next couple of days. we're going to stay below where we have been for the last week and a half. and here's how that forecast works out. we're going to be in the 80s for our highs tomorrow. with that front just off to the south of us there. there is that chance for a shower or thunderstorm. especially the farther south you go in the state. now, that's the same trend for wednesday. and then thursday, looks like thursday night, that front tries to come back up to the north. so our shower and thunderstorm chances are going to increase friday and saturday. and notice during that time frame, temperatures may start
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to creep up here. but overall, for most of the forecast, we're going to be close to that forecast of 88 degrees, instead of the records that we were talking about for the last week and a half. so a little bit of a break here. and the chance for needed rain. because we really do still need it. mary? >> and in today's energy saver, a 10-minute shower can use less water than a full bath. with a low-flow shower, a 10- minute shower will use about 25 gallons of water, five gallons less over a typical bath. a new shower head will also save you energy over $145 each year. for more information on how you can be an energy saver, go to, scroll down the right-hand side of that page and click on our special section. people are cleaning up, after a violent storm rips through fredericksburg. officials say it might have been a tornado. that storm blew off the roof and caused cinder block walls from a dance studio to collapse. at least 25 people were in that
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studio when that storm hit. >> we were scared. and just like praying to god. and hoping that we weren't degree -- going to die. >> we weren't that close from it hitting us. we stepped in and we saw it cave in on us. >> reporter: four people are in the hospital with minor injuries. several other homes and businesses were destroyed by strong winds and fallen trees. crews are working to restore power to thousands. >> the intense heat wave that swept through the nation proved deadly for a baby in indiana. she was left in a hot car for hours. and it was just one of incidents in that state over the weekend. >> reporter: police say 19-year- old josh trezanski was in the yard of his parents' home, working on this dirt bike, while his 4-month-old daughter sat in a car seat inside a car in the driveway. at saturday's scorching temperatures climbed. >> we learned that the baby had been left in an automobile for an extended period of time. upon arriving at the hospital, the baby was pronounced dead.
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>> that's tough tol swallow, especially being a parent. >> reporter: in a separate incident, a mother is charged after leaving her 16-month-old daughter in a hot car while she went shopping. >> the windows were rolled up. and the car was not on. the officer had to break the passenger's side window in order to gain entry into the vehicle. the officer said that the temperature inside the vehicle, after they had broken the window was 124 degrees. >> reporter: authorities say these incidents should serve as wake-up calls for parents this summer. >> reporter: once the temperatures get in the high 90s, even a -- with cracked windows, inside that car interior, you can get greater than 100 degrees inside the car within 10 to 15 minutes. >> and both parents were charged with neglect of a child. the high temperature in indianapolis on saturday was 105 degrees, which broke a record. an out-of-control tractor- trailer slams into a busy gas station in ohio. police say the truck's brakes gave out as it exited nearby
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akron. the quick-thinking manager hit the emergency shutoff for the gas. the driver got out on his own. no one was seriously hurt. a parking meter suddenly explodes, injuring a seattle man. washington police are calling it an act of vandalism. a man was struck in the arm when an explosive device, attached to an electronic parking meter blew up. he was treated at the hospital and is expected to be okay. the police arson and bomb squad is investigating. well, a trail of potato chips helps detectives solve a crime in pennsylvania. crumbs from this subway led officers to a burglary suspect. police say 21-year-old benjamin sickles was looking for cash, not food, when he broke into the rest wasn't. -- restaurant. but when he tried to open the register, it did not budge. he allegedly fled with nine bags of chips. officers followed the chips to sickles and he is in custody.
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>> it's like hansel and gretel. a little reversed. check in with eyewitness news at 6:00. with all new stories. denise is standing by with a preview. >> well, mary, horrific crash caught on tape. we just showed you one accident at a gas station. dramatic video of another violent crash. wait until you see this and what happened to the driver. savage attack caught on tape. the latest on the plea deals for the suspects who beat a tourist outside a baltimore courthouse. check in for these stories. we'll have all of the breaking news as well, of course. all new at 6:00. now, back to kai. >> thank you, denise. a rare light show dazzles in the skies over minnesota. this time lapse video of the northern lights began late sunday night. look at this. the display was brief. the northern lights danced in the sky, in the horizon, about 30 minutes after the final twilight. >> it is beautiful. but always better when it's not up to speed. you other than, when it's faster than that. >> absolutely. >> it is really a sight to see.
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still to come tonight on wjz's eyewitness news. the players get a break for the all-star game. but the orioles management is hard at work, trying to improve the team. >> mark has the latest coming up. ♪ ♪ pop goes the world ♪ it goes something like this ♪ everybody here is a friend of mine ♪ ♪ everybody, tell me, have you heard? ♪ [ female announcer ] pop in a whole new kind of clean with new tide pods...
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the orioles have reached the all-star break, clinging to second place. management remains hard at work. sports director mark viviano has more. >> reporter: adam jones, matt sweeters and jim johnson are in kansas city to represent the orioles at tomorrow's all-star game. while o's general manager, dan duquette is there, too. he is in k.c. to do business. duquette and manager buck showalter are looking at ways to improve the second placed orioles for a potential play- off push in the second half of the season. duquette has said they are committed to winning this season. and the the o's already made one major trade, in acquiring slugger jim thome from philadelphia. now, as far as who is on the radar next, looks like pitcher zach grankey. the o's are said to be in pursuit of a hot deal to bring grankey.
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greinke got ejected from houston when he argued this close call at first base in the first inning. greinke got thrown out after just four pitches. but he was able to come back and pitch again. and it ended up in a milwaukee win. the orioles, braves, rangers and nationals, all believed to be bidding for that guy, zach greinke. improved aspect, hitting for the orioles. but there has been struggles in the last month. chen got roughed up anaheim yesterday. erick aybar. chen lasted just four innings. and maybe even more disturbing, the big drop in orioles run production. the hitters are not hitting. and they reached the all-star break with two straight shutouts in l.a. o's have scored in just two of their last 32 innings. i'll have more on the status of the o's at the all-star break, coming up next hour.
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plus, lineups are set for tomorrow's star-studded game. details on that ahead at 6:00. we're sticking with baseball now, mark. an electric bang sends players scurring from the field at the rangers' ballpark. there was no warning before that loud clap of thunder halted that. did you see the scramble there? it was the rangers-twins game in the fourth inning last night. some dropped to their knees. there were no reports of damage. the rangers went on to beat the twins. 4-3. following a rain delay. who dropped to their news there? i would. it is every summer's worst nightmare. paddling out in the ocean. and coming face to face with a great whie white shark. that's what happened to a man in massachusetts. karen brown reports for wjz. expert says this hot summer weather will bring more sharks closer to shore. >> reporter: cape cod. every kayaker's worst fear.
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you see walter zolk, jr., looking back over his shoulder in panic. 10 feed away, the dorsal fin of a great white shark. >> i'm surprised it probably hasn't happened sooner. because we know they're out there. >> reporter: the same day in santa cruz, california, a great white took a bite out of this kayak. the man inside, thrown into the water, but survived. >> sharks in the area at all times. so people need to be aware of that. just be careful. >> reporter: they're just the latest in great white encounters. the hot temperatures bringing them earlier, but it's not the people they're after. it's the exploding seal populations that have moved closer to shore. >> sharks are going to go where their food is. >> reporter: seals are their food. but shark expert ralph collier says seals are a protected species. so the population has exploded. with about a quarter million gray seals on the eastern sea board alone. sharks, collier says, are not interested in hunting people.
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>> white sharks, specifically, are very curious apex predators. when they bite an individual, it's usually a test. and the last thing to find out if this is anything of interest is it will take a little nibble. >> reporter: but a great white's nib -- nibble can be a deadly chomp for humans, which is why in san diego area beach was run down. >> we were looking at the shore. and you could see the black fins. we saw at least one. >> seemed like it was two. seemed like there was two. either that or they move fast. >> reporter: the side of a dorsal fin. shuttering beaches, coast to coast. karen brown, new york. >> and there hasn't been a fatal shark attack since cape cod, 1936. >> what did they say? >> going to need a bigger boat. >> we know that movie all too well. jaws. still ahead on eyewitness news. the heat is gone. but some power outages remain.
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federalsburg. i'm rochelle ritchie. i'll have that story coming up. brutal beating caught on tape. now, the man who threw the first punch strikes a deal with prosecutors. >> check in for these stories and all the day's breaking news. >> wjz eyewitness news rat -- at 6:00 starts now. dangerous weather. 18 people in maryland die in the record heat. >> toapth, is the worst over? and evaluating the response. >> hello, everybody. i'm denise koch. >> vic carter is off tonight. i'm adam may. here's what people are talking about. >> the record heat wave is over. but the impact is still being felt. again, 18 people have died in those sweltering conditions. wjz is live right now in north baltimore. mike hellgren has the


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